The Jew

By Isaac Rosenberg 1890–1918 Isaac Rosenberg
Moses, from whose loins I sprung,
Lit by a lamp in his blood
Ten immutable rules, a moon
For mutable lampless men.

The blonde, the bronze, the ruddy,
With the same heaving blood,
Keep tide to the moon of Moses.
Then why do they sneer at me?

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Poet Isaac Rosenberg 1890–1918

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Georgian

Subjects Religion, Judaism

Poetic Terms Assonance, Consonance

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Isaac Rosenberg may be remembered as a Jewish-English poet, or a poet of war, but his poetry stretches beyond those narrow categories. Since Rosenberg was only twenty-eight when he died, most critics have tended to treat his corpus as a promising but flawed start, and they wonder if he would have become a great poet had he lived. Rosenberg's status as an English poet is thus still debated: he was a Jewish poet, he was an English . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, Judaism

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Georgian

Poetic Terms Assonance, Consonance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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